B orn in Cornwall inBarbara Hosking moved to London aged 21 to pursue a career in journalism. Instead, she joined the Labour party press office and went on to serve as a press officer to Harold Wilson and later Edward Heath.
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She also spent three years in East Africa running the office at a remote mining company and worked in TV, becoming executive chairwoman of Westcountry Television. Now, aged 91, she has written about her storied life, and her sexuality, in Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant. Was it a challenge to write a memoir in your 90s? The disadvantage was, about 10 years ago, I threw all my diaries away. How did it feel to come out at 91?
No plans to go back in? One or two people were a bit surprised, but they were fine with it. Did you feel burdened by the secret? I got on with it. Early on, there was nobody I could talk to about [being gay]. But when I moved to London inmy landladies took me off to this gay club in Chelsea called Gateways.
As I got into their car, one turned to me and said: There were a number of paths your career could have taken. You almost ran here a Labour candidate in Stroud, but backed out at the last minute.
It was a legitimate ambition. It was only driving back from the interview in Stroud that I thought, this is not for me. In order to govern, you sometimes have to park your principles.
A principle is a principle. I know that there are grey areas. My only regret is that I would have loved speaking in the House of Commons. You worked as a press officer for Harold Wilson and then Ted Heath. Was that an odd transition? But when Ted Heath came in, I did have sympathy for him, especially when he arrived at Number 10 for the first time and got red paint thrown all over him — I felt very sorry for him over that.
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You spent a lot of time together… Yes. I felt it was my job to help him in any way I could. It does you no favours. What about a lovely tailored one with shoulder pads? What was it like working in these male-dominated spheres? Well, at my first job, at a cinema chain in Soho, women and boys had to clock in and out but the men came and went as they pleased.
Later, when I went into the civil service, there were five men in the office and me. Things have improved a great deal since then. What do you make of the current storm of sexual abuse allegations?
I think where one person, usually a man, has power over another and they make a pass at you, this should be called out.
It seems to me to cover everything from a glancing stroke of the bottom to a full-frontal attack. Is there a danger of overreacting? It depends on the circumstances.
How does the current situation compare? These are very difficult times to live in. How do you spend your time? Do you play music yourself? What annoys you about modern life? I know the language is changing but I love it when someone takes pleasure in speaking English.
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I have to ask, because you look great for your age: I eat a lot of fish, I like olive oil and salads. I sleep eight hours a night.
Are you as disobedient as the subtitle of your book suggests? A civil servant once said to me: Order by newest oldest recommendations.
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